Following the success of the five previous Conferences on rolling mill rolls for metals processing, the 6th Roll Conference “Rolls 6” (2020) will be organised over 3 days in London at One Great George Street.

Roll making technology responds to advancements in rolling practices, developments of rolled steel materials, and developments of new roll manufacturing methods. The lag time involved in development and production of new roll* qualities often means existing roll inventories become prematurely obsolete. There is a growing concern that mill roll reliability could become a limiting factor for commercial adoption of new flat and long rolled metal material grades in existing rolling mills. Engineering-based mill roll specifications and roll material standards should be formulated to address future flat roll industry requirements.

* Here ‘rolls’ also includes discs and sleeves for long metal products rolling mills.

New hot and cold mills of tomorrow will be designed to roll some of the most challenging materials being developed. Will roll specifications for the mills of tomorrow be different than specifications for today’s mills? If so how?

Rolling an increasingly challenging product mix also amplifies the need for mills to ensure an adequate operating environment for the rolls, e.g. in terms of cooling and lubrication in the mill and in terms of NDT systems and practices in the roll shop. What are the latest insights and developments in these respects? How do they affect the roll performance and the selection of the optimum roll types, providing the best Value-in-Use?

What are the latest developments of grades for rolls, sleeves and discs? What is the status and outlook for novel manufacturing methods for rolls, other than the traditional methods casting and forging? How are rollmakers and roll users dealing with the drive towards sustainability & a circular economy? How will this affect the production, use and recycling of rolls?

These are typical questions that this conference will explore.

ROLLS 6 will address the following 10 principal themes:

  1. Keeping up with user demands – limits & new solutions for rolls due to novel steel grades and non-ferrous alloys, more powerful mills and new mill designs.
  2. Review of the different application fields in hot and cold flat rolling and in long products rolling – carbon steels, alloy steel, stainless steel and non-ferrous metal rolling.
  3. Roll environment during rolling - g. roll cooling, roll gap lubrication, skin cooling, corrosion, dry/wet temper rolling, inline roll surface cleaning
  4. Novel roll and disc manufacturing methods
  5. Rolls in a circular economy – recycling, (alternatives of) chrome-plated rolls & other sustainability aspects around rolls.
  6. Fit-for-purpose roll surface preparation – developments in turning, grinding, texturing and roll coatings technologies for prime metal product surface quality.
  7. Asset management aspects of rolls for the metals industries, including roll shop engineering, inventory management and Roll shop 4.0
  8. Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) methods, systems and procedures applied during rollmaking and/or in roll shops.
  9. Roll failure analysis & avoidance.
  10. Value-in-Use (VIU) and Total-Cost-of-Ownership (TCO) of Rolls: models and field examples.


Like the five preceding conferences in this series, ROLLS 6 will provide a unique ambiance with a broad mix of opportunities:

  • Technology development overview: In-depth scientific and technical papers showing the latest R&D developments for the 10 principal themes.
  • Rolls business-oriented contributions: Papers focusing on major trends, market developments, opportunities and threats for the 10 principal themes.
  • Panel discussion: The conference programme will include a panel discussion session, where experts from industry and academia will answer questions put by the delegates.
  • Exhibition: An exhibition will run concurrently with the conference in an adjacent hall. The exhibition space will also serve as an informal meeting area, so providing delegates with a networking opportunity as well as the chance promote products and services. The exhibition will be an integral part of the conference and participation is sought from the whole value chain of the metals rolling industry.
  • Conference dinner: While enjoying the ambiance and cuisine of a prestigious dinner venue in the centre of London, delegates will have ample further opportunities for informal conversions and networking.
  • Meet a broad diversity of delegates: The Rolls Conference series can be characterised as the meeting place for anyone somehow connected to rolls and rolling mills, ranging from academic researchers to business leaders and commercial managers in the roll making and metal rolling industries, and from experienced industrial experts to young engineers, trainees and (PhD) students.
  • Students: To encourage participation by (PhD) students, a discounted students’ conference registration fee will apply, while students presenting a paper will be exempted from registration fee.

Who should attend

  • Rolls Users
  • Rolls Manufacturers
  • Mill Builders
  • Mill and Roll Shop Managers
  • Quality Control Managers
  • Suppliers of Ancillary Products
  • Managers of Engineering and Technical Organisations
  • Experts from specialised steel & non-ferrous metal (processing) research institutes
  • Academic experts and PhD students involved in R&D related to rolling mill rolls (e.g. product development, in-use behaviour, NDT techniques)

Key Dates

  • May 2019 – Launch of call for papers
  • 30 November 2019 – Deadline for receipt of abstracts
  • 20 December 2019 - Notifications on acceptance of abstracts
  • January 2020 – Delegate registration opens
  • February 2020 - Programme launched
  • 31 March 2020 - Deadline for receipt of full papers